Furlonteer Q&A with Sitara
This week we talk with Sitara Bhundia, a Strategy Consultant based in London. She was matched with The NOUS Organisation, a not-for-profit organisation who aim to raise awareness about mental health issues among BAME communities in the UK and Africa. Here she shares a little about her experience as a Furlonteer.
Hi Sitara, why did you sign up to Furlonteer?
I had a lot more time whilst I was furloughed early this year and wanted to use some of my time more productively and help the local and wider community.
Tell us about the charity you’ve been matched with?
The NOUS Organisation is a charity that focuses on raising awareness of mental health in BAME communities, as well as providing mental health training.
There aren't many charities that look specifically at BAME communities. I was super happy to be matched with them as I have always been trying to find ways to
help break down the ‘taboo’ potentially associated with mental health in some ethnic communities.
How are you supporting The NOUS and what’s been your favourite thing about volunteering?
I have supported NOUS with their social media strategy as well as helping with project management. Additionally, myself and two friends have our own candle business SISOAN (@sisoanscent) and we have committed to giving back the wider community. We therefore chose The NOUS Organisation as our first charity that we are going to support.
As a Furlonteer, what’s the most valuable thing or skill you’ve learnt?
Meeting the founders of the charity and being inspired by their drive. Additionally, understanding and learning so much more about mental health.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of volunteering?
Do it! Even if it for a couple of hours a week – the advice and support you can provide can make a bigger difference than you probably think!
Fancy becoming a Furlonteer and helping out a charity in need? Sign up below!